Herbal Voices: American Herbalism Through the Words of American Herbalists

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Learn how traditional herbal practitioners are responding to the sudden, massive popularity of herbal medicine! Herbal Voices: American Herbalism Through the Words of American Herbalists examines how herbal practitioners who started in the 1960s and 1970s are reacting to the mainstream popularity of herbal medicine today. This unique book features interviews with 20 of America's most prominent herbalists-focusing on their careers, their beliefs, and their perspectives on the contemporary herbal product boom in recent years. Also included is important information on herbal organizations, publications, schools, and companies where seeds and rootstock of endangered medicinal plants can be obtained, as well as a list of the United Plant Savers' "At Risk" and "To Watch" medicinal plants. Herbal Voices synthesizes the words of a representative group of herbalists into a compelling picture of modern American herbalism as they offer their opinions on the roles of science, folklore, and spirituality in herbal medicine. This timely resource addresses controversial issues that arise within the herbal community, such as the endangered plant crisis, professionalism and licensure, and shifting the American consciousness toward a more Earth-centered way of life and health. In Herbal Voices, you'll hear from many well-known herbal practitioners, including: Richo Cech-herbalist, owner of Horizon Herbs, executive board member of United Plant Savers, and author of Growing Your Garden Pharmacy Sharol Tilgner-licensed naturopathic physician, founder and current President of Wise Woman Herbals, Inc., editor of Herbal Transitions, associate editor of Medical Herbalism, and author of Herbal Medicines From the Heart of the Earth Rosemary Gladstar-founder of The California School of Herbal Studies and United Plant Savers, co-founder of Sage Mountain Herbs, and author of Herbal Healing for Women and of the Sage Healing Way series James Green-former Direc

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What People Are Saying

Rosemary Gladstar
EXCELLENT. . . . AN INVALUABLE REFERENCE for anyone interested in biomedicine, herbalism, and the healing arts. I was deeply moved by the intent and commitment of both the herbalists being interviewed and the author. Dougherty winds her research, her discoveries, and the heart of each interview around her own dreams and hopes for herbalism's potential as a healing force on the planet.
—(Rosemary Gladstar, Founder of United Plant Savers; Founder of The California School of Herbal Studies; Author of Herbal Remedies for Women, the Gladstar Story Book Herbal Series, and The Gladstar Family Herbal; Co-editor of Planting the Future)
Lewis Mehl-Madrona MD PhD
Lewis Mehl-Madrona, MD, PhD, Coordinator for Integrative Psychiatry and System Medicine, University of Arizona College of Medicine
I HEARTILY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK. It may become a classic in the sociology of herbalism. . . . Anne Kathleen Dougherty has written a remarkably readable account of herbalism in America. Her distinctions among types of herbalists are illuminating and dialogue-generating. Her discussion of the economics of herbalism and its place in a capitalistic society is also very insightful. She nicely reviews the ethics of wildcrafting and of harvesting herbs and discusses options for long-term sustainability of herb production.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789022035
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/28/2004
  • Pages: 402
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
Chapter 1. The Dream: My Process and Methodology
Chapter 2. The Terrain: Considerations of Botanical Medicine and Wholistic Herbalism
Chapter 3. Recycling Science and Grasping the Ungraspable: Cartesian Thought and Folklore in Herbal Practice
Chapter 4. Free-Form Goes Mainstream: The Debate over Licensure and Professionalization
Chapter 5. The Ecology of Herbalism: The Role of the Herbal Community in the Endangered Plant Crisis
Chapter 6. Sinking Roots, Reaching Branches: Spirituality in Modern American Herbalism
Chapter 7. Laura Batcha
Chapter 8. Richo Cech
Chapter 9. Ryan Drum
Chapter 10. Daniel Gagnon
Chapter 11. Leslie Gardner
Chapter 12. Kate Gilday
Chapter 13. Rosemary Gladstar
Chapter 14. James Green
Chapter 15. David Hoffmann
Chapter 16. Ellen Evert Hopman
Chapter 17. Steve Horne
Chapter 18. Karta Purkh Singh (K. P.) Khalsa
Chapter 19. Corinne Martin
Chapter 20. Annie McCleary
Chapter 21. Michael McGuffin
Chapter 22. David Milbradt
Chapter 23. Orest Pelechaty
Chapter 24. Deb Soule
Chapter 25. Sharol Tilgner
Chapter 26. Peeka Trenkle
Appendix A. United Plant Savers “At Risk” and “To Watch” Plants
Appendix B. Resources for Further Study
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